09.4.2017 - Cybersecurity Threats Your Employees Should Know About

Cybersecurity is a bigger concern than ever before, both for corporations and individuals. Hackers have a wide variety of tools at their disposal to help them access private data that belongs to your company or clients. It’s important to be aware of the major areas of susceptibility in order to safeguard the vital information that exists in your company’s network and it’s important to make sure your employees are aware as well. Here are breach points you and your employees should watch out for: ...

09.1.2017 - Top 5 Road-Blocks Migrating To A Cloud Identity and SSO Solution

In discussions with our customers and prospects, almost all of them share common road-blocks that prevent many organizations from fully embracing a cloud identity management/SSO solution.  Here we will address 5 of the more common road-blocks and how Optimal IdM has helped clients meet and exceed their security, regulatory, and enterprise architecture needs. ...

05.31.2017 - Using IAM Tools To Cut The Costs of a Data Breach

What is the cost of a data breach? In the case of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer, who accepted the consequences of the 2013/2014 Yahoo data breach in 2016, the answer was at least $2 million, the amount of the annual bonus she lost because of the breach. She also gave up her annual equity grant for 2017, which could have been worth millions more. However, it probably cost Yahoo!, its partners and its users a lot more than that. What happened and what could have been done to prevent these types of breaches? The data breach in question actually refers to two major data breaches, one in 2013 and one in 2014, affecting an estimated 1 billion plus Yahoo! users and resulting in more than 40 class-action lawsuits from Yahoo! customers. Not only did the attackers hack hundreds of millions of user accounts for their information, but they also created bogus cookies in 2015 and 2016 to allow access to more than 30 million accounts without a password. Experts investigating noted that Yahoo! information security had knowledge of the attacks around the time they were happening, but failed to act appropriately. The company’s general counsel, Ron Bell, resigned without severance in the wake of this situation. ...

04.9.2017 - 101 Uses for a Virtual Directory

uses of a virtual identity serverYour corporate directory services and individual application identity pools are fragmented and sprawled throughout your enterprise. Each directory needs maintenance and probably a lot of clean up. Unfortunately, there is little time for such efforts. Consolidation of these fragmented identity services often takes many man-years of effort, costly consulting services, temporary software migration tools and the result is rarely the clean, pristine environment envisioned. ...

04.9.2017 - Using the Virtual Identity Server (VIS) To Migrate From One LDAP Platform To Another Platform

Over time it is quite common that companies wish to migrate from one platform to another platform. This can be a relatively easy change, or can be quite complicated depending upon the platform being changed. With regards to moving from one LDAP directory to another, this is often a very complex and involved migration. In fact, for many organizations it may not even seem feasible given some of the constraints. Given the rise in popularity of Microsoft’s Active Directory over the years, many customers are examining ways to move from one LDAP platform (e.g. Sun, OpenLDAP, eDirectory) to the Microsoft Active Directory platform. Additionally, with the acquisition of Sun by Oracle and Oracle’s subsequent price increase, many customers are looking for ways to migrate off of the Sun platform ...

04.9.2017 - Understanding Costs Differences Between IDaaS and On-Premise Deployments

Usage of the cloud has become more and more prevalent, even for areas that were classically on premise deployments. For example, the cloud Identity as a Service (IDaaS) market has grown substantially over the last few years. A major reason for the cloud adoption is that organizations have started to understand the true costs of maintaining an on premise identity deployment. Historically organizations didn’t realize the true cost of maintaining the solution until after it was purchased and deployed. Once deployed, employees needed to be trained and become “experts” to be able to fully support and maintain the environment and unfortunately many identity management deployments are complicated. Over time organizations have started to realize that by leveraging cloud solutions they can effectively outsource these deployments to organizations that specialize in certain areas. To continue reading, download “Understanding Costs Differences Between IDaaS and On-Premise Deployments” today. ...

04.9.2017 - The OptimalCloud for Cloud Based Application Vendors

The OptimalCloud for Cloud Based Application VendorsMore and more IAM vendors are taking what they classically sold as an on premise solution and delivering their applications via the cloud. While this makes a lot of sense both for the vendors as well as their customers, it does introduce a problem with authenticating users. With the on premise solutions, they likely used Windows integrated authentication for web applications to seamlessly log the customer’s users into their web application, or they simply authenticated using the customers on premise Active Directory. To learn more, download “The OptimalCloud for Cloud Based Application Vendors” whitepaper today. ...

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  • The database in which all of your organization’s sensitive identity data is stored.
  • A digital ledger in which digital transactions are recorded chronologically and publicly.
  • Securely managing customer identity and profile data, and controlling customer access to applications and services.
  • The means of linking a person's electronic identity and attributes, stored across multiple distinct identity management systems.
  • A legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the EU.
  • The policy-based centralized orchestration of user identity management and access control.
  • An authentication infrastructure that is built, hosted and managed by a third-party service provider.
  • A security system that requires more than one method of authentication from independent categories of credentials to verify the user's identity for a login or other transaction.
  • A global provider of innovative and affordable identity access management solutions. 
  • Managing and auditing account and data access by privileged users.
  • Tools and technologies for controlling user access to critical information within an organization.
  • An authentication process that allows a user to access multiple applications with one set of login credentials.